Obituaries

Thu
28
Apr

Florine Deloris Matthews, 1933 - 2016

Florine Deloris Matthews was born May 9, 1933, to Hubert A. and AnnaBelle (Mc- Murray) Carman in Big Spring, Ky. She departed this life April 27, 2016, at the age of 82 years, 11 months and 18 days. She attended Konawa Public School. On June 20, 1949, Florine Deloris Carman and William Doyle Matthews were united in marriage. To this union were born four children. They enjoyed over 58 years together before his passing on May 12, 2008. Florine owned and operated Bristow’s Jet Stop for over 20 years. She was well known by many who stopped in to buy gas, ice or just something quick to eat. She enjoyed crocheting, crossword puzzles, reading and her weekly domino date with friends. As family was very important, Florine loved going to all the sporting events her grandkids participated in. Some of her favorite memories were the trips she took with her good friends to Ruidoso, N.M. As well, she was a faithful and active member of First Baptist Church.

Thu
28
Apr

Eva Laura Lake, 1925 - 2016

Eva Laura Lake was born Nov. 14, 1925, to R.D. and Nonn Earl (Baker) Dykes in Pryor. She departed this life April 25, 2016, at the age of 90 years, five months and 11 days. Eva was a 1943 Bristow High School graduate. On Feb. 8, 1946, Eva Dykes and Charles William Tunnell were united in marriage. To this union were born four children. They enjoyed many years together until his passing in 1964. She worked as a secretary for Jack Howard and as a seamstress for Commercial Awnings. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and doing seamstress work and was a member of the Advent Christian Church. Eva is survived by two daughters, Verona Smith and Janice McKinney, both of Bristow; two sisters, Birdie Mac Hutchins and Iva Dell Berray, both of Bristow; one daughterin- law, LeAnn Tunnell of Jenks; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Tue
26
Apr

Marie Margaret Gushi

Marie Margaret Gushi was born July 3, 1932 to Emil and Katherine Selefski in Chicago, Ill. She departed this life April 23, 2016, at the age of 83 years, nine months and 20 days. She spent her youth in Chicago, Ill. She also lived in Las Vegas, Nev. before moving to Bristow 12 years ago. She was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and cooking. She also loved her canary bird “Carusso”. She is survived by four  children; Sandra Jessee of California, Cheryl Mitchell and husband, Dan of Las Vegas, Nev., Robert Gushi Jr. and wife, Laurie of Las Vegas, Nev., Ken Gushi and wife, Dennise of Bristow; one brother, Emil Selefski Jr. of Chicago, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Tom Aehlert, Tracy Aehlert, Robyn Gushi, Robert Charles Gushi III, Sean Gushi, Ryan Gushi, Nicole Gushi and Adam Gushi. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Robert Charles Gushi and one brother, Joseph Selefski. Services are being held privately.

Tue
26
Apr

Sylvia Jewel Crawford

Sylvia Jewel Crawford was born Sept. 21, 1936, to Denver and Maggie Belle Cox in Prescott, Ark. She departed this life April 22, 2016, at the age of 79 years, seven months and one day. She moved to Oklahoma from Arkansas at the age of 15. She worked at many different places such as the garment factory, Pecan and Ag and the carpet factory just to name a few. She was known as a hard worker no matter what the job was. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, playing bingo, traveling on vacation trips and especially cooking. She also enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by five children, Linda Darlene Spears of Bristow, Sylvia Gail Haskins of Depew, Connie Sue Wilson of Bristow, Kenneth Ray Spears, Jr. of Milfay and Chuck Crawford of Bristow; one sister, Wanda Smith of Gurdon, Ark.

Tue
26
Apr

Melvan Poole

Melvan Poole was born March 23, 1936, to Paul “Buck” and Ruby (Cross) Poole in Okemah. He departed this life April 24, 2016, at the age of 80 years, one month and two days. Melvan grew up living in the Welty area most all his life. At the age of 20, he met his love, Jo Ann Heard. They married on Nov. 7, 1956, in Okemah, and to this union were blessed with two children, Melba and Monte. They enjoyed over 57 years together before her passing on April 21, 2014. After 20 years of employment, Melvan retired from the Creek County Highway Department. In his free time, Melvan enjoyed playing the guitar with family and friends, gardening, hunting, fishing and tinkering with cars. As well, he enjoyed metal detecting, and panning for gold. In his younger years, Melvan would reenact gunfights at Territory Town. Shortly after the loss of his wife, Melvan accepted the Lord as his Savior and was baptized. He commented that he only wished he had done it sooner.

Tue
26
Apr

Basil Irvin Vann

Basil Irvin Vann, 60, passed away on April 24, 2016. He was born to Leonard and Audrey Vann on June 7, 1955, in Bristow. He graduated from Olive High School in 1973. He was a member of Liberty Freewill Baptist Church and was currently attending Life Gate Freedom Ranch. He was known to carry his Bible with him always. Basil was a father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend whose ability to love surpassed any hardship that he might face during his time on Earth. A man of few words who impacted many lives, the memories allow him to live on in our hearts. Basil is survived by his four children, Amos Vann and wife Michelle, Adam Vann and wife Michelle, Amber Embrey and husband Bo and  Angela Vann.

Thu
21
Apr

James Whitcomb Pickett Jr., 1944 - 2016

James Whitcomb Pickett Jr., born March 6, 1944, to James W. Pickett Sr. and Margaret R. Krumme Pickett, passed away Tuesday morning, April 19, 2016, in Tulsa. He is survived by his wife Barbara Tullis Pickett, and their three children; Tammy Marlow with her husband Tommy, James W. Pickett III and Glen Pickett. Also surviving Mr. Pickett are four grandchildren; Jessica Brierton, Melody Spafford with husband James, Shelby Marlow and Lillyin Pickett. He was the fourth child in a family of six and is mourned by his siblings and their families; Jean Ann Nicklas, Dorothy Sanderlin, Donna Smith, John Pickett and Daniel Pickett. On his wife's side of the family he is survived by mother-in-law Dorothy Tullis and her children, Glenna, Sue and Roy Lee Tullis. A special thanks to the joy that was brought into his life by his special friends Don Lemons and Jim Yaman. His pallbearers are Daniel W.

Tue
19
Apr

Jack Loyd McNan, 1929 - 2016

Jack Loyd McNan was born Dec. 1, 1929, to Elmer Loyd and Mary Estella McNan in Bristow. He departed this life April 14, 2016, at the age of 86 years, four months and 13 days. Four generations of McNan family members have lived in the Bristow area. After graduating from Bristow High School in 1948, Jack entered the United States Air Force, where he served from 1948 to 1950. While serving in the Air Force he met his wife Vicki Lynaugh while working at the Pentagon. They were united in marriage at Ft. Mc-Nair in Washington, D.C. After their discharge, the couple moved to Bristow where they raised their family. They enjoyed 47 years together before her passing Aug. 21, 1997. Even though Jack was a selfemployed carpenter, he was a jack-of-all-trades. There wasn't a job he wouldn't attempt. Although his interests were many, his favorite by far was fishing. He was a member of the Church of God. Jack was well-known in the community and was always willing to share a story or two.

Tue
19
Apr

David Anthony Douglas, 1957 - 2016

David, 58, departed this Earthly life on April 12, 2016. The son of Lloyd and Melba Douglas, David was born Aug. 7, 1957 in Bristow. After graduating from Bristow High School in 1975, David attended Oklahoma State University. David was a self-made man: intelligent, witty, and driven. At the age of 19, he began working in the trucking industry. With his first child on the way, David trained as a diesel mechanic for Peterbilt Trucks. Determined and motivated, he worked his way up in the industry, which led to the acceptance of a management position at MHC Kenworth in 1991. David took great pride in his accomplishments and cared deeply for all of his colleagues, many whom have become true friends. David was well respected by all and valued not only for his expertise but for the personal connections he made with everyone he encountered. David was an avid outdoorsman and craftsman. He admired details and thoroughly took pleasure in working with his hands; an artist in his own right.

Tue
19
Apr

Avos “Colleen” Sparks, 1930 - 2016

Avos “Colleen” Sparks, longtime Tulsa resident, passed from this life on Friday, April 15, 2016, in Owasso. Colleen was born Aug. 25, 1930, in Okemah, to Ernest and Nancy (Dowdy) Frazier. She was raised and received her education mostly in Bristow, except for a short time when the family lived in Newport Beach, Calif., during World War II. Colleen graduated from Bristow High School in 1948. On April 28, 1950, she was united in marriage to Loyal “Jack” Sparks in Sapulpa. To this union, four children were born. They made their home in Bristow until they moved to California in 1952. In 1956, they returned to Oklahoma, first living in Muskogee then settling in Tulsa. Besides being a housewife, Colleen sold Avon and worked for Dillard’s before starting her career as the co-owner and office manager for Autopilots Central, Inc. She enjoyed reading, tending her flower garden and collecting stamps.

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